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Hornchurch man jailed over 120mph pursuit in stolen car

A man from Hornchurch has been jailed for six years after a high-speed police chase along the M11.

Cormack Doolin, 24, of Albany Road, sped past police in a Kia Sportage, stolen from Harold Hill, on Sunday, 18 February.

Officers had been conducting speed checks and clocked the vehicle doing 99mph.

Roads policing officer PC Mike Bignell followed the car and signalled for it to stop without success.

Doolin sped off, weaving in and out of traffic at 120mph for more than 11 miles before crashing into two vehicles on the junction 7 slip road near Harlow.

Damage to the car that Doolin stole and crashed. (Picture: Essex Police)

PC Bignell got out of his car and was run over and knocked to the floor by Doolin, leaving the officer with a hand injury.

Despite this, he bravely got up and continued the pursuit.

Doolin carried on driving erratically and was involved in two head-on collisions with four cars along the A414 in Church Langley.

Cormack Doolin has been jailed for six years (Picture: Essex Police)

One of the cars was carrying two children.

In addition to PC Bignell, two people were injured with a man requiring surgery for back pain and a woman suffering broken ribs.

Doolin, who’s unemployed, ran off but was tripped over by a member of the public, Mark Solomon, and was quickly arrested by PC Bignall.

The Kia Sportage was found to have been stolen from Heaton Avenue, Harold Hill, overnight on Monday, 5 February.

Doolin was convicted at Chelmsford Crown Court for several offences.

He was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for robbery, two years for dangerous driving, six months for theft and six months for actual bodily harm, all to run consecutively.

He was also disqualified from driving for six years.

Doolin was also sentenced after robbing a guard carrying an empty cash box in Brentwood High Street in October 2017.

The box was later found smashed in a nearby car park.

Investigating officer, DC Mel Keen, said: “Doolin was determined to escape at any cost. He drove at dangerous speeds, collided with five vehicles and run over a police officer.

“His dangerous actions resulted in an innocent woman suffering broken ribs and a man having to undergo surgery for back pain.

“PC Bignell suffered soft tissue damage and despite being in pain, still bravely pursued the vehicle and arrested Doolin. I would like to thank him for his courage and determination.

“My praise and thanks also go to Mr Solomon who tripped Doolin and has since been rewarded with £200. His actions have resulted in a dangerous individual being locked in prison for a number of years.”

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